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  1. Thanks - I'm pretty sure she stopped laying eggs. She's the one who had a prolapse - so we're bringing her in at night - so can clean her every evening, if necessary.
  2. Hi Bossie (ex-bat) had grown all her fluffy feathers back, but I noticed a few days ago some were missing - an area approx 2 inches diameter below her vent. The area is covered in a thin layer of white 'stuff' - I washed it all off but its come back a day later. Originally thought it was droppings (as her vent has always leaked a little) - but it's too uniform (I think). She otherwise seems absolutely fine. Any ideas and what to do. Thanks, H
  3. How's it going, Mojono1 ? Have they settled in OK ? I have 6 ex-bats and 2 pure breeds (in a separate run). All hens have their own characters but ex-bats certainly do - my lot are MAD! H
  4. I'm not a vegetarian, but don't eat much meat (only higher welfare). I do like seafood. Fancy making meat, seafood ??? and vegetarian sausages. Pork, honey & mustard sounds good. Wanted to get a book for some tips and some flavour combination ideas - hence post.
  5. Thanks - that's useful to know. What kind of device do you use to make the sausages ? There seem to be simple (cheaper) ones like this eg. link or more expensive ones eg. Link2
  6. Thank you - I did wonder about that one - was put off it because couldn't preview any of the contents. Your source is cheaper than Amazon. Ta
  7. I've returned to the idea of making sausages (now I've found some vegetarian casings - although won't only be making vegetarian ones). Would like to buy a book of recipes, hints and tips - there is no stand out option on Amazon. Does anyone have a recommendation please ? Thanks, H
  8. Thanks both. She is now in the WIR with the others and seems happier. No pecking order issues as she was with them everyday, even though it was a short while. As her name suggests, she is top/near the top of the pecking order. Since I'm in Leicester, we're back in lockdown, so both home most of the time - so can keep checking on her. Will bring her in over night as we can't supervise then - and they'll be sleeping anyway. Fingers crossed the prolapse doesn't happen again - been 2 weeks, so ........... Nice to have the support of this forum. Thanks again, H
  9. Hi I posted 2 weeks ago about my ex-bat (Bossie) who I found with a prolapsed vent (some blood). I brought her inside, cleaned her up and she seemed to be recover.She laid a shell-less egg a while ago, but nothing since. Her vent leaks a bit - it always has. She is in a dog crate in the utility room but goes out each day to free range with the others (but it's only for about an hour). I fear that if the prolapse happens again, the other 5 will peck at it and I/she may not be as lucky next time. However, I think she may be getting depressed on her own??? She is drinking (quite a bit) but she doesn't seem to have eaten for 2 weeks (so how she has the energy to walk all around the garden I do not know). I can't tell if she's ill (I think not as she 'runs' around the garden) or just getting old / worn out ex-bat. Do older hens sleep standing up for quite a lot of the day ? I'm watching her on a web cam (so she doesn't know) - she seems to have her eyes shut a lot of the time but then perks up, preens etc. So do I risk putting her in back with the others and keep checking on her ? Any suggestions ? H
  10. Yes - I think she is a worn out ex-bat. She seems quite happy today - so lots of TLC. Thanks - that's very kind. I'll PM my address. What does it do ?
  11. Yes - it's the people. Badminton 'club' was a very social activity. Play in pairs - support each other to try to out-think the opponents - almost like physical chess. Swap partners - play again - learning all the time - how people play - how to out-wit them - competitive in a friendly way. Sigh - Those were the days H
  12. Hi - thanks. Hen is ex-bat we got from BHWT Dec 2019 - so probably about 2 years old. Last wormed with Flubenvet about 2 months ago Fed on Dodson & Horrell Layers pellets. I add Battles Poultry spice, limestone flour and starting about a month ago Zolcal-D. She usually lives with 5 other ex-bats - if they had seen the blood they would almost certainly pecked it and made it a whole lot worse. I am keeping her in a dog crate in the utility room for a few days to keep an eye on her. She emptied her water bowl overnight, seems perky but not obviously eating, so I'll give her some Nutridrops this afternoon. She might have to become a house chicken and just free range with the others when I can keep an eye on things. Thanks for all your advice and support, H
  13. She's just laid a 'shell-less' egg (whole yolk plus white blob - but no shell). She has done this once or twice before - months ago. She perked up a bit and had a drink - then went quiet again. I think she is worn out trying to pass this 'egg' The good (short term) news is, her vent looks much more normal. Long term - who know's. Obviously will take to vet if I think she is suffering and needs to be PTS - but I'm not sure the vet can do much ? Always very helpful but not an avian specialist. They have good quality pellets, with poultry spice and egg shell improver and Zolcal-D - so not sure I can get any more Calcium into her ? H
  14. Searched on here and found some info - link to FAQs doesn't seem to go to FAQs - so please bear with me. One post mentioned bandaging but couldn't find info. Just feeding hens when noticed Bossie was 'missing' found in eglu - small (few drops) amount of blood on bars - but rear end bloody. Removed her (so not pecked) - cleaned her up - not as bad as I first thought (think it must have only just happened) - prolapse went back in easily when eased back with cleaning sponge - but vent was staying open. She has always had a weak/slightly leaking vent. So in cat box in utility room with water (no food) - is there anything more I can do ? Would hate to lose her (mine are primarily pets) BUT hate to think of her suffering unnecessarily. Thanks, H
  15. Exciting stuff. I remember, many years ago (before 9/11) I hired a 4 seater plane and flew myself around the shuttle landing strip in Cape Canaveral. I first landed at the Space Centre Executive airport and we had lunch (OH & I). Took off, called NASA Tower on the radio (as you do!) , asked to be allowed to do 'Space shuttle tour'. To my amazement, (who would let a pilot with a non-American accent anywhere near the facility???) they said yes - with instructions "join the circuit pattern in a certain way and overfly the landing strip but not below 500feet "- so I did - could see a Space Shuttle over near one of the hangers. Amazing! H

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